About Olofson

The renewed discussion about the massive injustice against David Olofson brought to my mind a point that I don’t often see addressed.

David’s GUNS Magazine article brought it up, but I haven’t seen much mention of it elsewhere.

What mattered was the government’s position that none of the above was relevant because “[T]here’s no indication it makes any difference under the statute. If you pull the trigger once and it fires more than one round, no matter what the cause it’s a machine gun.”

No matter what the cause.

Think about if your semiauto ever malfunctions. Because that’s how close you could be to becoming a convicted “gun felon.”

See what I’m getting at? Most commentators who believe in Olofson’s innocence (as I wholeheartedly do) focus on the BATFE’s and prosecution’s lies and dirty tricks–and that is certainly a rich vein.

Still, there’s something else going on here; something that might be even more chilling.

Even if Olofson is “guilty” (of exercising his unalienable right–the one that shall not be infringed); even if the BATFE is trying something new, and telling the truth for once–that doesn’t change the fact that according to the government, you can still be sent to prison for having a malfunctioning semi-auto, because “[i]f you pull the trigger once and it fires more than one round, no matter what the cause it’s a machine gun.” In other words, a malfunction is no excuse, according to the government.

“Land of the free,” my ass.

P.S. By the way, that relief fund for Mr. Olofson’s family is still up for donations.

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